Selected Works

Nonfiction
A look at life in little-known mountain towns of the Sicilian hinterlands.
A true account of the last years of an ancient Sicilian giant bluefin tuna trap.






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Out of Palermo

San Valentino

February 14, 2016

Tags: HEART, palermo, silver, valentine, febryary 14, love

Heart of PALERMO
Silver heart by Palermo silversmith Antonino Amato.

Ex votos

April 1, 2015

Tags: ex voto, palermo, sicily, silver, santa rosalia, grotto, monte san pellegrini, shrine, religious, tradition

It is a tradition all over southern Italy to promise a thing of value to a saint in exchange for a "grazia ricevuta", a favor received, often a cure. Those who could afford it often bought silver miniature bas relief replicas of the body part which received the grace. They pin them to the (more…)

Silver Crown for the Madonna

July 6, 2014

Tags: silver, crown, antonio amato, artisan, madonna

Artisan working on a silver crown
An artisan in the workshop of Antonino Amato in Piazza G. Meli behind the Church of San Domenico in Palermo, autumn 2012. He is creating a silver crown for a madonna.

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